The Case of the Missing Cake

“Me? Get out of here. It wasn’t me!”

My dad used to eat the rest of the ice cream, so we thought when we were kids, my two brothers and I. We’d carefully put the tub back in the freezer, us three kids having done our best to polish it off. Then in the morning it’d be gone, tub and all.


Put one and two together and it was easy to find the culprit. Who stayed up after we’d gone to bed? Mum and Dad. Mum denied any clandestine munching. So that left Dad. I don’t think we ever questioned him. It was just a given, guilt by association.

I think my two eldest children are now developing such a notion. My six-year-old daughter’s scowling at me right this second. She’s figured it out, so she thinks. What happened to the rest of the cake after she’d gone to bed? Hmm. Who stays up the latest? Hmm. Who’s just put away the clean cake tin (actually Tupperware box)? Hmm.

Well, all the hmms point to me.

So off my daughter runs. “Mummy, mummy. Daddy’s eaten all the cake!” she says.

I don’t hear a rebuttal. Mum’s not contesting the facts or confessing her own involvement. So, I guess, begins an old wives’ tale…

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  • Katie June 29, 2009, 11:07 am

    Can I just say how horrible it is when you have your taste buds fully prepared for some morsel of leftovers, only to open the door to the fridge and discover it's gone!? Shame on you for perpetuating the cycle, Charles. lol 😉

  • Nadia July 7, 2009, 12:54 pm

    I have never understood why in Argentina and of course in Buenos Aires Icecream is SO EXPENSIVE…I mean….1 cucurucho is 12 pesos which means more than 2 euros…For the same Icecream (but better) in Italy I pay 1.3 euro!! Costs are lower in Argentina so….why this price???

  • Charles Newbery July 27, 2009, 9:19 pm

    Ice cream and about anything and everything in Argentina is getting pricier by the day. Executives here have a knack for price hiking, not for price cutting. Hence, ice cream is getting out of reach for many of us.

  • Charles Newbery July 27, 2009, 9:20 pm

    And, oh, yes, I am keeping up the cycle of raiding the fridge at night. Guiltier by the day, and a bit plumper, too.

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